Refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians, sometimes known as building services technicians, are responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of systems which control temperature, humidity and air quality in domestic, retail, commercial and industrial premises.
Refrigeration work covers sectors such as food production, transport, storage and distribution services, and hospital medical services.
Technicians’ duties include:
Technicians work a 38-hour week, but this is flexible depending on the type of work and deadlines. Overtime may be available.
Conditions vary depending on the building or site. Personal protective equipment may be required for some jobs.
Maintenance or installation technicians move from job to job, and can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas for many months at a time. A driving licence is helpful.
As a refrigeration or air-conditioning technician, you should:
Refrigeration and air-conditioning is an expanding industry in the UK and abroad. Rapid economic development means there are many opportunities to work overseas.
Technicians can specialise in particular areas such as transport refrigeration. With experience, they can progress into supervisory management positions. Technicians who undertake further training can become fully qualified engineers. See the profile for Building Services Engineer.
If you would like to know anything about Refrigeration Air Conditioning Technician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
222 Balham High Road
Tel: 020 8675 5211
Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA)
34 Palace Court
Tel: 08000 688336
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891
Institute of Refrigeration